At Chapman University, all students are expected to adhere to the policies that govern student behavior outlined in the Student Conduct Code. The Dean of Students Office at Chapman University administers oversight for the Student Conduct Code and proactively seeks to educate the Chapman University campus community about appropriate choices and behavior. The purpose of an educational life-preparatory disciplinary process is to maintain a safe, healthy, and educational community for all students, staff, and faculty. Please visit the Student Conduct page for further information on Student Conduct Policies and Student Conduct Procedures (which take place after a student has been charged or written-up for a violation of any Chapman University policy) as well as information on the Jurisdiction of the University, Student Rights, Privacy Acts and other policies.
Academic and Non-Academic Grievance and Appeal Procedures
Graduate Students who have concerns about campus academic policies, procedures, or other policies are encouraged to bring those concerns or complaints to Dr. Richard Redding, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Dr. Redding can be reached via e-mail or by phone at (714) 628-2688.
For academic matters, the appeal process typically begins with the faculty member involved, if appropriate. If this avenue fails, appeals then go to the department or program. Following this, appeals go to the Graduate Academic Council via the submission of a completed Graduate Petition form to the Office of the University Registrar.
Petitions are reviewed by the Graduate Academic Council in the following cases:
1) Challenge of a grade in a course
2) Limitation/acceptance of credit
3) Other degree related issues
4) Other miscellaneous petitions
Students may appeal a decision of the Graduate Academic Council to Dr. Richard Redding, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, by providing documented evidence demonstrating one or both of the following grounds for appeal:
1) A procedural error was made by the Graduate Academic Council.
2) Additional evidence is provided that could serve as cause for further review.
Dr. Redding can be reached via e-mail or by phone at (714) 628-2688.
For non–academic matters (issues related to departments such as residence life, facilities management, business office, etc.), students should first discuss the matter with the head of the appropriate department with appeals to the appropriate supervisor.
For a more detailed explanation of Chapman University's Academic Policies and Procedures, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.
Sexual Assault, Harassment, Discrimination and Title IX
Please refer to the Sexual Assault, Harassment, Discrimination and Title IX resource page, administered by the Dean of Students office for information on how to report an incident or complaint regarding a University department, employee, or fellow student.